Tuesday, 15 January 2019

(A little late) 15 Week College Update

I had the full intention of sitting down throughout half-term and writing up my 15 week college update but I found myself ridiculously busy and just never got round to it, so an entire month later and I have just remembered to do it.

As from the 13th December, I broke up from College for Christmas until January 7th 2019 after completing my fifteenth week on my Access Course. If you weren't already aware I am completing an Access to Science for Health Practitioners, year-long course which will give me the building blocks to University. The previous half term felt pretty manic and I was looking forward to a good break after realising just the amount of work that really does come with an Access Course.

If you'd have seen my 7 Week College Update, I mentioned how I had my first two exams and my first coursework deadline in the last week of October, I was so worried about the exams as they were in Chemistry and Biology; Science really is not my strong point and my coursework was an experiment write up, which despite being quite a difference to any coursework I have completed before, it was definitely more in my comfort zone however, I am still absolutely amazed that I managed to get Distinctions in all three pieces; making up my first 9 credits at a Distinction. 

I also had my Personal Statement dooming over me which I desperately wanted to get sent off before half-term. I had written up my statement and included everything that I needed but I just couldn't cut it down enough. In the end, I had a few friends look at it at different times to help me remove the unnecessary waffle and I couldn't recommend getting a fresh set of eyes to help cut it down enough, especially as it is harder to be brutal with your own work when you've spent so long working on it. I only actually had my Personal Statement looked over on one occasion, once I had included everything and needed to start trimming it which had its pros and cons and I feel that although the professionals helping you with your statement are experienced, what they say is just an opinion and therefore, I took out some parts that they recommended but I left in others that I felt I wanted in there. I was quite surprised that UCAS now charge £18 to apply for just one University or £24 to apply to up to five when a couple of years ago, there was no charge but I paid it and off my statement went on the 11th December which was about a week after I sent it to my tutor to add my reference. 

I applied for Mental Health Nursing starting in September 2019 at University of East Anglia, Anglia Ruskin University, University of Suffolk, Kings College London and Northampton University and I actually received my first interview invitation for Anglia Ruskin just the day after my application was sent off. UEA is my top choice and I actually had my Anglia Ruskin Interview last Wednesday which went ok.. the Math test was brutal and I was so nervous for the first mini Interview that it didn't go amazingly, but it was good experience and I am glad I did it. My UEA interview is tomorrow which is exciting and terrifying but it is a phone interview which I am much more comfortable with and today, I also received an interview for Northampton University. Overall, my interview invitations have been spread out and I am just so pleased that I have a UEA interview.

On another note, in my last update I was saying how brilliant my attendance was which I won't deny, has slipped a bit since. I finished the second half-term with an attendance of 83% for the half-term and 89% overall, which isn't awful, but it isn't great, this was due to annoyingly getting ill midterm.

I feel that I am now at the point of settling in to my course, even if it has taken a few months to do so and although it is difficult and stressful, I am quite enjoying it and it keeps me busy. I can't quite believe that I have my next set of exams and deadlines next week but then I should be about halfway through my course which is crazy but a slight relief.

Thank-you for reading, Tay x

Monday, 31 December 2018

2018; the highs, the lows and everything in between

I can't get my head around the fact that the New Year is only one day away and I also can't believe that I have found the time to write another blog post. 2018 is almost over, and it has been a year that deserves to be spoken about so here we go.. the good, the bad and the future.

2018 may have destroyed me at times, but it strengthened me at others. For me, 2018 was the year of letting go; letting go of my illness, letting go of toxic people, letting go of self destruction and all in all, letting go of things that aren't good for me.

January seems like a distant memory and it was all a bit of a blur to be honest, everyone was talking about and attempting to follow their New Years Resolutions but I knew too well that things don't change overnight and that in order for New Years Resolutions to improve your life and happiness, you've got to start with a healthy head, which I didn't have. January was also when my brother decided to suddenly move out at 16 years old which broke my heart completely but I am thankful for the even better relationship we have now. Saying that, January did have its good times; I had my two year anniversary with my boyfriend and I went to visit Elle who lives miles away. It was in January that I also booked my first tattoo and that I found out that one of my other friends was expecting a baby.

February was equally a blur, I was just plodding on and I remember that throughout this month in particular, I was getting myself really down over my scars, torturing myself with the fact that they may fade, but they'll always be visible. I had a lot of time to think throughout the first few months of 2018, I wasn't in education but I was only working Part-Time and I think that I fell into a bit of a hole of self pity which when I got out of, gave me the motivation to change things. It was also around this time that I applied to College which was such a big deal to me as I hadn't been able to cope with education since the first few years of being ill but for the first time in my life, I had a clear vision of what I want to do with my life and I wasn't willing to continue waiting until I was 'better' because what if better never comes? Overall, February was full of self care and distraction, there was a lot of painting nails, sewing, face masks and bath bombs involved.

March was the month where I got my first tattoo with Elle and it was so good to see her again. March was also full of adventures and outings with another friend which was so much fun and something completely different to what we'd usually do. However, March was quite a down month and I was still pretty stuck in a hole, and I just felt very stuck in general and March was actually the last time I saw anybody from Mental Health Services.

April started with me cutting twenty inches of my hair off and donating it to The Little Princess Trust, it was such a huge change and I really didn't like not having my long locks to hide behind anymore but I soon adjusted and it was all for such a great cause. I also saw both of my closest friends and we went on a little outing to the farm which was lovely. It was in April that I went into public wearing a short sleeve top and got referred to as an effing bar code, which was a bit of a push back with accepting my scars but the only thing I could do in that situation was to move forward.

May was a bittersweet month, it was a journey to say the least. It was in May that I was officially discharged from Mental Health Services after an argument with my worker which absolutely destroyed me; I felt so hopeless as my only support system had suddenly been ripped away from me and it was also in this month that I started to reduce one of the medications I am on. However, in May I went to visit Elle again and she had a party for her 21st Birthday, which was such a good night. Me and Elle also spent a weekend in Manchester in May where we went to an Ed Sheeran concert and went shopping. It felt like such a needed break. Finally, the end of May was the last time that I relapsed with self-harm and was the only incident of the year.

June was a real game changer, I was so completely and utterly done with Mental Illness and everything that comes with it, I didn't want it anymore, I didn't want to deal with my own head on my own or at all, I felt completely done and I was just about ready to quit but I couldn't let everyone around me down so instead, I just carried on and realised that I didn't want self-harm or suicide attempts in my life any longer, I wanted to be free from illness which I knew wasn't possible but it was time to try harder than I have ever tried before because although I may never be fully recovered, I wanted to be living and not just surviving. I also went to a family party in June which despite being hard, it was so nice to see my extended family.

July was another blur of a month, I can't remember anything that was particularly bad happening but on the other hand, I do remember going out for Breakfast on my Mum's birthday which was nice.

August felt like it went on forever, I got my nails done twice, I enrolled onto my college course, my brother turned 17, my friend turned 20 and another friend had her baby. Although I had a wobble at enrollment, I knew that it was the beginning of a new chapter and I was ready to give myself one last chance at getting an education. I bought new stationary and decided that I wasn't going to be the girl at college with the illness, I wasn't going to disclose it or get support, I was just going to do as a normal, healthy student.

September meant the beginning of college and I can't even describe how nervous I was, I didn't know anybody doing the course, let alone anybody who would be in my class and my class was infact full of brand new faces. Thankfully, I made a friend pretty quickly which made the process so much easier. I continued to go to college day in, day out and nobody suspected a thing and I was so pleased that for the first time in six years, I was classed as normal and I wasn't being judged on my illness. College completely exhausted me but I felt like I was actually doing something with myself which meant that I had a lot less time to think about everything that gets me down. I also attended my first ever blog award event in September and my mum and I spent the weekend in London, we went to a couple of museums and had a really lovely time overall.

October meant exams and I wasn't quite prepared for how fast paced an Access Course really is, I had my mock exams in Biology and Chemistry and got a Distinction in both when I was only hoping for Merits as they are what I need to get into University. I was so happy with Distinctions but the reality was that they were only mock exams and now I had added pressure of meeting this grades in my real exams. I sat my exams and submitted my coursework but I didn't feel like the exams went as well as the mocks or the coursework as well as it could have been. I unfortunately had a funeral to attend in October which was so sad. However, I did get my second tattoo in October and I also finished my first half term with 96% attendance.

November started with a holiday to Disneyland Paris which I went on with my boyfriend and it was so lovely as neither of us had been there before and we did have a lovely weekend and spent far too much money. Disney Illuminations are something else and I would love to be back, but it was so needed and so well deserved (if I do say so myself). In November I also received my exam and coursework results back and I got Distinctions in all three, meaning that I have 9 Credits at a distinction out of 9 which I am completely over the moon about. I met Olly Murs for the third time and November was my boyfriends 21st Birthday which was good but I did also get ill and had a bit of a blip with attending college. I was so disappointed with myself as I had been doing so much better than I had expected but I knew that usually when I have a blip, I can't get back into routine so I did doubt that college was even for me. However, I pulled myself back up and attended as much as I could, I was late a few times but I had to try and pull myself through it, I just felt like I had lost the motivation for college.

December is always such a busy month for me but I managed to meet my deadline at college which I wasn't sure if I could and I even applied to University and managed to get one Interview scheduled for January before I broke up for Christmas. I broke up from college with an attendance of 87% for the half term which isn't great, but could have been much worse. I had a party for my 21st Birthday and although I got extremely drunk, I had such a good night. I also went to the Hippodrome Circus which was incredible and I would definitely go back. Then came my 21st Birthday where I had quite a lazy day as I didn't want my birthday to be completely overwhelming but my boyfriend took me out for dinner which was nice and we had a good time. Christmas came around extremely quickly and although it was a bit odd as my mum was working in the morning, I did have a nice day spent with my family. However, I was extremely tired and a bit overwhelmed from being out of the house all day and having pressure to be happy all day. I was thoroughly spoilt and I really did have a lovely Christmas overall. I gave myself a bit of a break from college work until after Christmas is over so over the next week, I am planning on starting revision for my next exams.

That brings me to the present day, I am still here, I am now a year older, I have grown up a lot as a person and I have really tried my hardest to move away from my illness and despite still having many bad days, I am the best I've ever been, I am a work in process and that is OK for now. Hopefully next year when I write up this post, I will be at University but only time will tell and I wish you all a Happy New Year.

Thank-you for reading, Tay x

Friday, 30 November 2018

Wishlist 2018

Hello, so today I have my 2018 wish list as both my 21st Birthday and Christmas are quickly approaching and so many people are asking me what i'd like, but I don't really know what I want myself however, I have managed to think of a few things that I'd like to receive but as always, I am just going to point out that I don't expect to receive everything on this list, it is just a way to give my relatives some ideas of what sorts of things i'd like and it also means that whatever I do receive, will still be a surprise. I also thought that this would be good for other people to have a look at and get inspiration from.

The thing that I mostly want for my Birthday and Christmas this year is money towards a MacBook Air but I am aware that not everybody likes giving out money, especially for Christmas so I have also created a list of presents that I would appreciate receiving.

Firstly, I would really like the Disney Mickey's Memories December Limited Edition Plush. This releases on December 10th on Shop Disney UK or in the Disney Store and is around £25.

Secondly, I would really appreciate two more pillow cases to match my duvet cover after I got drunk a while ago and you can all guess what happened to the pillowcases that I had. They are from Dunelm and are the Bethany Duck-Egg Oxford Pillowcases which are £6 each.

Moving on, I have been eyeing up the Pandora Disney Mickey Silhouette Ring since it got released and after not finding a ring that I loved in Disneyland, I feel like this would be the perfect gift. It is £40 and I annoyingly don't know which size I am, but I will find out over the next few days and update this post.

Another thing that I would like, is a few new large plastic under bed storage boxes as some of mine have broken however, I wouldn't even know where to start when looking for them and I am aware that this is quite a 'boring' present idea.

Next, I would love to receive a couple of fragrances from LUSH which are Limited Edition and can be found on their UK website. The first being Lord Of Misrule Perfume which is available from December 1st and is £29, I would also love Butterball Perfume which is again available from December 1st and is £19. I am not sure if these two perfumes are available in store or just online. Finally from LUSH, I would love their Snow Fairy Body Spray which is £20.

Other Perfumes ideas that I have are Roberto Cavalli original, Alien Perfume Refill Bottle or Miss Dior. I would also like a new handbag for everyday use but I have no preferences on colours, styles or patterns.

The only Make-Up Item on my list this year is the Benefit Brow Contour Pro, which is £28.50 and can be found at a whole range of Make-Up stores and websites including Benefit UK, Boots and Debenhams. I would need this product in shade 01/Blonde.

That is all from me today, I hope you enjoyed and I'd love to hear what ideas you've given to your family for Christmas or your birthday if it's coming up.

Thank-you for reading, Tay x

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

7 Week College Update | Access to Higher Education

You may or may not be aware that I actually went back to college at the beginning of September to study an Access to Higher Education Course in Science for Health Practitioners. Education has been quite a tough aspect of life for me since about Year 8 and it has been something that I have struggled to attend, keep up with and stay motivated to do my work. I went into this course extremely anxious but I also knew that it was really my last shot at getting my education after dropping out of Sixth Form nearly two years ago.

Two years ago, I was writing my Personal Statement for a Fashion degree, Textiles has been something that I have adored since I first started it in Year 7 and I absolutely loved it at GCSE, I was so positive that I was going to go into fashion and be successful within it because I loved it so much but I always felt that something was missing and that I had more potential and that I needed to do more with my life and give something back after all of the help from the NHS that I have received over the years.

I found out about Access courses last year when a work friend started one and looked into it straight away, I was so thrilled to see that there was a course suitable for individuals who want to go into nursing but I was a bit annoyed with how little course options there were, as there is only one college in my area that offers Access courses, and there are only five course options. Before finding this course, I really wanted to study Media Make-Up but I am too old to do the course near me and I thought that if I get my degree over and done with, I could possibly do a make-up course later on, when I am earning more money and can afford to do so.

It is now half term for me, which I am so pleased about as this last week has been tough, I go to college on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and have fifteen hours worth of lesson time per week, which I am expected to match at home. I went into Access knowing that it was going to be tough and a crazy work load, but I feel like it has been easier than Sixth Form just because I am now confident in what I want to study at University. Saying that, I have mentioned this before but the course is completely Science based and Science was one of the subjects that I hated the most at school. I have found the Science quite challenging at times, but now that I have settled into college, I feel a lot more confident than I did before and I actually love Chemistry. However, Biology is what I need more than anything to become a nurse and Biology is what I will be constantly studying through the year and I do find is ridiculously difficult as there are so many key terms that we have to memories.

Another positive thing is that I finally understand the structure of my course in regards to Credits and how things are marked. Most of my course will be exams but there are some written assignments too, which is much more up my street. I have had my mocks; I had Chemistry last week which I surprisingly got a Distinction in which I was obviously over the moon about and then I had a Biology exam this week which I stressed and stressed over but also ended up with a Distinction which I couldn't quite believe as I thought I'd be lucky to get a Merit. I just need to make sure that I revise over the next two weeks to ensure that I get good grades in my real exams at the end of the month. I also have my first assignment due in in a couple of weeks, which I am a little nervous for, as I don't really know what things I am meant to write and include but I am sure I will get there.

My attendance for the first half term is somehow 96% which is a miracle and shock to everyone around me considering how low my attendance was whilst at Sixth Form and my only absence was because I unfortunately had to attend a funeral, which can't be helped. I have gotten through seven weeks without any professional support, within college or outside of college for my Mental Health and I can't quite believe it, I feel like a 'normal' student for the first time since I was in Year 8 and it is absolutely mad to know that I have managed to do so well.

One thing that I am struggling well is splitting my time effectively as I go to college Monday to Wednesday and then work Thursday to Sunday and a lot of the free time I do have is spent seeing my family and friends. I think that I currently have five pieces of marked work that I am currently working on, two of which are exams, plus my Personal Statement which I am still working on my first draft. I'm not going to deny that it is a lot of work because it really is, and it is tough but it is so achievable and I am so proud of how I am doing so far. By the beginning of November, I will have three units completed and twelve out of sixty credits done and I can't believe how quick it is going as well as how quick paced the learning is, it feels like it is all so crammed in and I often find that I have to look things up once I am home, but hopefully, it'll all be worth it in the end. 

I think that I have covered everything for the first half term, other than the fact that if you are going to do an access course then just be aware, that you're going to need a hell of a lot of paper, I have already gone through around 300 pages but that is all for now.

Thank-you for reading, Tay x

Friday, 28 September 2018

U P D A T E | September 2018

It actually pains me to say that it has been six entire weeks since I last posted on my blog.. where has that time gone? I thought that today I would do a little bit of a life update as quite a few things have changed.

Firstly, I have officially completed my first four weeks at college and somehow, my attendance is 100% which is something that I haven't maintained since I was 15. I would be lying if I said that it hasn't been a massive challenge but I am so determined because I feel that this is my final chance of getting an education. However, saying that, I am aware that there are a few different upcoming dates where I won't be able to attend college such as when I go to Disneyland and because I have a tattoo next week, both of which were booked before I knew my timetable but I am just hoping that I will be able to keep my attendance above 90% as this would be a massive achievement for me. The course itself is hard, its stressful and the workload is crazy. I was told in my Interview that the course is essentially three A-Levels in 9 months but I still wasn't really prepared for how much work there is. I am studying the Science for Health Practitioners course which means that it is mostly Science based and mostly at AS Level, I have never really been a fan of Science and I do find that I have to spend a lot of time doing research to make sure I understand everything but to my own surprise, I am actually enjoying it. I have my first set of exams at the end of October, so I am sure that by the time they come around, I won't be enjoying it as much.

Leading on from college, I am about to start my UCAS application and personal statement which I am dreading because my course is stressful enough as it is. I can't believe that after years of not knowing what I wanted to do with my life and flipping between different career paths that fingers crossed, this time next year I will be a Mental Health Nurse Student. I have decided that if I do manage to get in, then I will definitely be staying at home and studying locally; going away to University was something that hasn't really ever appealed to me and did even put me off going to University for a while as I just didn't think I would get into my local University. I am definitely a homely person and I know that I am going to be having to save as many pennies as I can. I am also not really a drinker, so if I was to go away, I could see myself being the only person staying in my flat whilst everyone else is out at freshers. 

I also attended the Health Bloggers Community Awards in London a couple of weeks ago which was such a good evening. I didn't win the award for my category and it went to the well deserved Sarah from The Growing Butterfly. I am still thrilled to even be shortlisted for my first ever blog award and I spent the following day being a typical tourist in London, visiting museums and dragging my mum on multiple tubes.

I am not sure about how many of you are aware that I joined a gym a few months ago which was going really well until I got busy and often don't have much free time, but I really need to find the motivation to get back in the gym for a few different reasons.. firstly, the weight gain is definitely real, I have been gaining weight since I quit smoking in November last year, but recently it has started getting worse and none of my clothes fit as well as the fact that I feel big in most of my clothes that do fit, which is frustrating, and secondly, because I know that deep down going to the gym and working out does make me feel better about myself, and improves my mindset. Hopefully now that I have written it on here, for everyone to see, I will actually get my arse in gear and do it.

Another exciting thing that hasn't quite happened yet but is happening next week, is the fact that I am getting a new tattoo. It has been booked for a few months now and it is by Poppy Small Hands which I am so excited about as I have spent years looking at her work, especially her scar cover ups and I just can't wait to have a new piece. Like my previous tattoo, this one is actually on what I call my 'nice piece of arm' where I don't have scars but hopefully soon I will be able to start on some scar cover ups.

Talking about scars, I have spent the majority of this year despising my scars and for the first time, I genuinely believe that I am over Self Harm. I regret self harming more than anything because my arms are so disgusting and I always feel far too self concious to leave the house in short sleeves. However, I have been using the My Trusty Sunflower Face & Body Oil which I got off Amazon for under £10 and has been created by the NHS. Let me just tell you, it has done absolute wonders for my scars, it has faded almost all of them, including the ones that hadn't faded in a couple of years. I am so pleased with the results so far and I am going to be doing a review, I just want to keep using it for a few more months. All in all, I would highly recommend if you're struggling with scars or wanting to fade them.

Medication is another thing that has been really up and down. I have been trying to come off one of my medications; Sertraline for six months yet and I just cannot get off of it. I was advised to reduce it by 50mg every one to two weeks but instead, am having to cut it down by 25mg around every four to six weeks which is so frustrating. I was really surprised that I am finding this medication so difficult to come off as it is so widely used and I hadn't really heard of anyone talk about the withdrawal symptoms. However, after six months of headaches, sickness and feeling like I have both the flu and a really bad hangover, I am just about down to 50mg which means that I am making progress, even if it is taking a little while longer than expected.

Another thing that has been a bit up and down is the fact that I was discharged from Mental Health Services a few months ago. I have been so worried about getting re-referred but I haven't had any incidences and therefore haven't had to see any health professionals which I am really pleased about. I feel that although I was so hopeless when I first was discharged, it isn't much different because I rarely had appointments anyway. One of the only downsides, is that because I don't have any professionals to talk to, I do sometimes keep quiet because I don't really want to burden everyone else who may be struggling themselves which I know is really unhealthy. However, I also haven't had to ask for support at College and have only had a couple of wobbles which I feel is such a huge milestone for me. I think that if I do end up needing support, I will be able to access it but at the moment, I am just trying to settle in, find the right balance between work and college and hand in all of my work on time.

Lastly, the other thing that I wanted to talk about was the fact that Disneyland is slowly approaching and there is now only 35 days away! I am so excited and I think it'll be such a needed break from college. I have also never been to Disneyland Paris so I am excited to spend a few magical days in the parks and all of the Christmas decorations and merchandise will be about.

I could honestly go on all day about all of the things that have happened recently, but I will leave it there and I should hopefully be back to uploading a bit more regularly.

Thank-you for reading, Tay x

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Should people with Mental Health Conditions be entitled to a Blue Parking Badge?

A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that from next year, people with hidden disabilities such as Autism and Mental Health Conditions would have a better chance of receiving a Blue Badge, to make going out easier and allowing them to park in disabled parking. Usually, when a new opportunity arises for individuals who suffer from Mental Illness, I am all for it but this particular topic, I just can't quite get my head around and I really disagree with it, I agree that some individuals who have Mental Health conditions should be entitled to a Blue Badge but surely there has to be strict conditions and guidelines in order for it to work which i'm not sure there will be.

"The Blue Badge scheme already means those with physical disabilities can park closer to their destination than other drivers, as they are less able to take public transport or walk longer distances." I think that the Blue Badge scheme was such a good and inspiring scheme to benefit those who aren't as mobile as other individuals and to ensure that they can still go out and do everyday tasks, improving their quality of life. I also am very aware that there are almost always limited disable spaces that fill up very quickly, especially in supermarkets. It also is important to note, that disables spaces often have more space around the car, ensuring that those who require wheelchairs have plenty of space to move about comfortably. 

On the 29th July, Transport Minister, Jesse Normal said how "the changes we have announced today will ensure that this scheme is extended equally to people with hidden disabilities so that they can enjoy the freedom that many of us take for granted" and don't get me wrong, I am all for equality, especially when it comes to Mental Health but this seems like it is taking it a bit far when these people with Mental Health Conditions may be perfectly mobile and as someone who suffers from Mental Health Issues, I would feel incredibly guilty taking up a space that somebody who uses a wheelchair may need.

According to the Gov UK website, the new criteria will extend eligibility to those who; cannot undertake a journey without there being a risk of serious harm to their health or safety or that of any other person (such as young children with autism), who cannot undertake a journey without it causing them very considerable psychological distress and those who have very considerable difficulty when walking (both the physical act and experience of walking). I completely understand some of these points, but I feel that there are going to be tonnes of people who take advantage of this new criteria when they don't really need it. I also understand the first point especially however, in most parking areas there is a Parent & Child parking section extremely close to the disabled spaces which also has lots of space. I also think that in order for this to work, there has to be more allocated disabled spaces available and maybe even colour coded depending on needs and safety of the individual. It has also been stated on this website, that it isn't actually impossible for individuals with mental health conditions to get a Blue Badge so surely the families that have autistic children who may be a danger to themselves or others would be able to successfully receive a Blue Badge as it is.

I also do understand that this may be a step forward for those who can't be as independent as they'd like to be due to anxiety when travelling or about travelling but I am not sure that parking a bit closer to a store or building will be that beneficial and I feel that it is just going to make it more difficult to those who already have a Blue Badge as there will be a much higher demand for the disabled spaces, especially considering that there are 600,000 autistic people living in England, plus the 1 in 4 individuals who suffer from a Mental Health Condition each year. One last thing that I do fear, is that this is just adding to the stigma surrounding Autism and Mental Health Conditions because there are going to be people who don't agree with individuals parking in disabled spaces and may even question individuals on why they are using a space, which will only add to their anxiety.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree? I'd love to hear your thoughts below.

Thank-you for reading, Tay x

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/people-with-hidden-disabilities-to-benefit-from-blue-badges

Friday, 10 August 2018

Tangled Before Ever After | Film Review

It is no secret that Tangled is one of my all time favourite Disney films, with Rapunzel being my favourite Princess and Pascal being my favourite sidekick. I am not sure what took me so long to get round to watching this film but I loved every second of it and I couldn't recommend it enough.

I am sure that we can all remember the short, seven minute film, Tangled Ever After being released in 2012 where we were able to watch Rapunzel and Flynn Rider's (also known as Eugene) wedding (as well as everything that went wrong) and laughed over the mischief that Pascal and Maximus got up to in regards to the wedding rings but what a lot of people aren't aware of is that in 2017, prior to the release of Tangled: The Series, Disney Channel released an hour long exclusive film called Tangled Before Ever After which enables us to learn about everything that happened after Rapunzel was rescued and reunited with her parents. 

I quickly learnt that this film was completely different to Tangled and one of the key things that changed was that in this film, Disney had taken the animations back to their original style which takes a while to adjust to, but I love just as much. There were a lot of new character within this film including Cassandra who is both a friend to Rapunzel as well as her handmaiden.

The plot of this film was so different to what we saw in the original and at the beginning of the film, Rapunzel had her short, brown hair before sneaking out of the castle with Cassandra, against her fathers rules and coming across some black rocks which made her 70 feet of hair, magically grow back but even stronger than before. This film focuses on Rapunzel trying to fit into her new life in the kingdom of Corona as a Princess but of course, she has a different idea of what sort of Princess she wants to be as an oppose to her parents and everyone around her. One thing that hasn't changed is the comedy within this film, I lost count of the amount of times I burst out laughing and Pascal, really begins to come out of his shell.

Of course, it wouldn't be a Disney film without new songs and this film features both Life After Happily Every After and Wind in My Hair and I love them both so much, especially Wind in My Hair as it is so fitting to Rapunzel and her personality. Even if you don't watch the film, give the songs a listen because they are honestly incredible.

I honestly couldn't recommend watching this film enough, especially if you're wanting to watch Tangled: The Series as it fills in the missing time between Tangled and Tangled: The Series. I am so excited to start the series although, I am not sure how it is going to top both Tangled and Tangled Before Ever After.

Thank-you for reading, Tay x
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